The psychology major is designed to be a transfer program. Students who earn advanced degrees in psychology can enter the fields of clinical psychology, health psychology, organizational/industrial psychology, forensic psychology, or sport psychology, to name a few.
For students whose interests may lie in business, law, education, politics, or in any profession dealing with people, a degree in psychology can serve to enhance their research skills, critical –thinking and problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, and written and oral communication skills.
Acceptance into the Psychology major is based on a selective admissions process. All applicants must follow the standard admissions procedures for the program and meet specific program qualifications to be considered for acceptance.
Please note that due to the rigorous academic demands, not all applicants will be accepted into the Psychology program. All applicants will be interviewed by members of the Social Science division before an acceptance decision is made. If accepted, students must obtain a 3.0 GPA in PSY 105, Introduction to Psychology.
The American Psychological Association has established guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major. The objectives for this program have been adapted from these guidelines.
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- explain the various research methods used by psychologists and evaluate the validity of conclusions drawn from research
- enhance their abilities to use critical and creative thinking and skeptical inquiry to evaluate issues related to behavior and mental processes
- apply psychological principles to personal and social issues
- demonstrate competency in using computers to conduct analyses of research data
- examine the sociocultural and international contexts that influence individual differences
- develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-maintenance and self-improvement
Psychology degrees are offered only at the Scranton campus.